Your skin incision will be healing within the first few days after your C-section but tissues under the incision will need 4-6 weeks to heal. Be reassured you will not be able to easily rip open your incision.
Usually your incision will be covered by dermabond and dissolvable sutures will be holding your skin together. If that is the case, shower and let water or soap run over your incision but do not scrub it. We also recommend that you avoid using any moisturizer near your incision as that can make the dermbond protecting your incision rub off.
- Do not be alarmed if the dermabond or steristrips peel off on it’s own.
- If you have had staples used to close your incision, they will be usually be removed in the hospital or the office 3 to 7 days after your delivery and steristrips, a type of Band-Aid, will be placed over the incision. DO not wash or scrub the incision. The steristrips will be removed at your office visit and if they come off on their own that is not a reason for concern.
- We recommend that your incision be evaluated 2 weeks after your delivery. This initial postpartum visit will allow us to optimize the health of your incision care.
Incision Warning Signs
- If there is liquid seeping or leaking out of your incision
- If you notice redness, swelling or increasing pain around the incision
- If you notice that pain medications are not reducing incisional pain
- If you have a temperature over 100.0 F
- If you are suffering from shaking chills and don’t have an obvious source
Please contact us immediately.